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“Winterreise” will be performed this Saturday, January 26 at 8pm! FREE ENTRY, at the Central Presbyterian Church (593 Park Ave. at 64th St.). Due to illness, however, it will be performed by MICHAEL KELLY (baritone) an JONATHAN WARE (piano) instead of the originally scheduled Sanford Sylvan and Brian Zeger.

Baritone MICHAEL KELLY is an accomplished artist whose insightful interpretations, silken voice, and expressive use of language have garnered him comparison to such icons of song repertoire as Matthias Goerne and Gérard Souzay.
The 2011 winner of the Joy in Singing competition, This season’s concert appearances have included Carmina Burana with the Kansas City Symphony, Monteverdi’s Combattimento with Gotham Chamber Opera, Durufle’s Requiem at the National Cathedral, St Ignatius in Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts and Satie’s Socrate with the Mark Morris Dance Group. This year Michael makes debut performances with both the Cleveland Orchestra and Detroit Symphony and is featured on 3 recording projects to be released by Albany Records, GPR Records and Eone Records.
Mr. Kelly has performed with Chicago Opera Theater, Opernhaus Zürich, Gotham Chamber Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mercury Baroque, and Boston Early Music Festival. He has created roles in the premieres of two operas, Miss Lonelyhearts by Lowell Lieberman and The Secret Agent by Michael Dellaira. Michael was a member of the renowned Internationales Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zürich, where his performances included Così Fan Tutte and Aeneas in Cavalli’s La Didone. He made his European debut with Opernhaus Zürich in Handel’s Rinaldo with William Christie and has also performed under the batons of Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Jane Glover, Benton Hess, James Levine, Anne Manson, Nicholas McGegan, Steven Osgood, and Stephen Stubbs.
A first prize winner in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, upcoming engagements include Charpentier’s Orphée with Boston Early Music Festival, Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Ars Lyrica, and performances of Schubert’s Winterreise.
Mr. Kelly’s wide-ranging musical curiosity led him to co-found SongFusion, an ensemble dedicated to collaboration between singers and instrumentalists, dancers, actors, and visual artists. He is also the executive director of Britten by the Bay, a festival which celebrates the music of Benjamin Britten.

In high demand as a chamber musician and Lied accompanist, pianist and Schubert & Co. co-artistic director JONATHAN WARE has recently appeared in such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall, The Ravinia Festival, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and Wigmore Hall. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Jonathan received the Grand Prize at the 2005 Kingsville International Young Performer’s Competition and was a medalist at both the 2002 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and the 2002 New York International Piano Competition, and most recently, received the Pianists Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Passionate about the song repertory, he has been on the accompanying staff of the Steans Institute at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival for the past three years, and joined the coaching staff of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany in July-August 2012. Jonathan’s performances have been broadcast on WQXR in New York, WFMT in Chicago, WRR in Dallas, Bavarian Radio, and also on public television in the documentary Speaking with Music. As a soloist, Mr. Ware has given recitals in Dallas; New York; Washington, D.C.; Miami; and Hammamatsu, Japan. Jonathan’s concerto performances with the Mississippi Symphony and Dallas Symphony were praised by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for his “…ease and spontaneity that belied his years.” Recent engagements include a recital with Michael Kelly at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, performances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall with singers participating in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues program, Die Schöne Müllerin with Benjamin Appl at the Französischer Dom in Berlin, and Wolf’s Italienesches Liederbuch with Benjamin Appl and Hanna Herfurtner at the 2012 Rheingau Musik Festival.

Best,

Lachlan Glen
co-Artist Director

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: “Winterreise”, originally scheduled to be performed by Sanford Sylvan (baritone) and Brian Zeger (piano) on Saturday 12/1 at 8pm, has been postponed due to sickness. Sanford and Brian will still be performing this cycle when it is rescheduled. The new date will likely by Saturday, 1/26 2013 at 8pm, but this will be confirmed. We apologize for any inconvenience.

There will still be an exciting Schubert & Co. recital in its place this Saturday, 12/1 at 8pm, performed by Pureum Jo (soprano), Tammy Coil (mezzo-soprano), Cullen Gandy (tenor) and John Brancy (baritone).

We apologize for the inconvenience but still hope to see you on Saturday evening, as well as at the rescheduled performance of “Winterreise” in early 2013! On our Calendar you can find all updated details for remaining performances through the end of December.

Best,

Lachlan Glen
co-Artist Director

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THIS EVENING’S RECITAL (10/28) HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. NEW DATE/TIME TBA. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!

September 19, 2012:

We are thrilled that our Kickstarter project goal of $1500 has been met, thanks to our wonderful supporters! There are still two days to donate before we reach our deadline on Friday at 7:59pm, so if you would like to donate but haven’t had a chance yet, please go ahead and do so; the only thing better than meeting one’s goal is exceeding one’s goal, right? It just means that we will be able to cover more of our singers’ travel expenses, our piano tuning costs, and other advertising costs. If you’d like to donate, please click here!

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September 10, 2012:

What are people saying about Schubert & Co.? Continue reading to find out…

“I am so excited to hear about the Schubert & Co. project. It is wonderful to hear more than the 100 songs that we regularly hear. There are so many hidden gems, particularly from his earlier years. Schubert for me is the song Shakespeare and seems, like Shakespeare, to understand everything there is to know about what it is to be human. We can all be excited, cheered and consoled by his genius. Bravo, guys, for embarking on this remarkable project!”

- Malcolm Martineau (www.martineau.info)

Schubert & Co. is a unique project in its ambitions – to present the complete songs of Schubert in a single season – and its origins. While it’s rare in the New York concert scene that collaborative pianists invent and inspire a concert series, Lachlan Glen and Jonathan Ware have the passion and artistic vision to bring together dozens of talented young singers to bring this huge treasure trove of songs to life. The eagerness with which singers have responded to the idea suggests that they are hungry to explore this vast repertoire. Presented simply and directly, the concerts will bring the songs to life in the environment they were created for: intimate, unpretentious and apart from the commercial trappings of the larger concert world.”

- Brian Zeger (www.brianzeger.com)

“Schubert is my Shakespeare: every age and stage of man, woman, child (and a few supernatural creatures as well) appear in 600-plus of the richest songs in the art song repertory, and “Schubert & Co.” will put them all beautifully on display.”

- Susan Youens, Ph.D. (Internationally renowned and sought-after scholar, author and educator; author of eight books: “Heine and the Lied”, “Schubert’s Late Lieder: Beyond the Song Cycles”, “Hugo Wolf and his Mörike Songs”, “Schubert, Müller, and Die schöne Müllerin”, “Schubert’s Poets and the Making of Lieder”, “Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin”, “Hugo Wolf: The Vocal Music” and “Retracing a Winter’s Journey: Franz Schubert’s Winterreise”)

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September 3, 2012:

We are thrilled that soprano Simone Easthope and baritone Evan Hughes will be the star performers for Schubert & Co.’s Opening Recital on Friday, September 21 at 8pm! Along with pianists Lachlan Glen and Jonathan Ware, they will perform a mixed program of songs with texts by various poets, including Goethe and Mayrhofer. This is, of course, a FREE recital and these are two of the most communicative singers we know – so put it in your calendar and come on over to the Central Presbyterian Church of NYC!

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August 31, 2012:

All recital programs, together with singers for each recital, have now been posted on our Calendar page!! If you would like to know when a specific song is being performed, press Ctrl+F (if you have a Mac; I’m not sure what the equivalent is on a PC, sorry!) and type the name, poet or D.#, and you will be able to find the song and the date on which it will be performed. Don’t forget to share the website, our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/schubertandco) and, most importantly, our Kickstarter project (http://kck.st/PK68bk) with your friends and colleagues! :-) And THANK YOU for your support!

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August 30, 2012:

We are delighted to announce that the centerpiece of the first Festival Weekend, Die Schöne Müllerin, will be performed by distinguished tenor William Ferguson (www.williamferguson.com) and renowned pianist Brian Zeger (www.brianzeger.com) on Saturday, September 22 at 8pm at the Central Presbyterian Church of NYC! Put this FREE event in your calendar – you really cannot miss it!

Acclaimed for his versatility in both opera and concert, WILLIAM FERGUSON made his debut with the Santa Fe Opera in 2006 as Caliban in the North American premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest, and in 2005, bowed in Sydney with Opera Australia singing Truffaldino in a new production of The Love for Three Oranges subsequently released on compact disc under the Chandos label.  The same year, Ferguson joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera where he has performed Beppe in I Pagliacci as well as roles in Le Nozze di Figaro and The Magic Flute (under the baton of James Levine)A regular artist at The New York City Opera, his performances have included the title role in Candide, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, the Funeral Director in A Quiet Place, and twice as Hérisson de Porc-Épic in L’Étoile–among many others.  Additional credits include Andres in Wozzeck with Opera Festival of New Jersey, Ferrando in Così fan tutte at The Aspen Music Festival, Carl Linden in Bitter Sweet with Bard SummerScape, Pang in Turandot with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with both Virginia Opera and Opera Omaha, the Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with Gotham Chamber Opera, the title role in Albert Herring directed by Lotfi Mansouri at The Music Academy of the West, Gonzalve in L’Heure Espagnole and Fenton in Falstaff at the Tanglewood Music Center (both with Seiji Ozawa), and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at the Chautauqua Institution.  Ferguson has also performed with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall on several occasions, including as Nick in La Fanciulla del West and as Laërte in Mignon.  A compelling interpreter of new music, Mr. Ferguson sang Bentley Drummle in Dominick Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and performed in the world premiere productions of Anthony Davis’ Wakonda’s Dream with Opera Omaha, Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry with Peak Performances at Montclair, and operas by Lee Hoiby and Harold Farberman.  He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degree from The Juilliard School and is a native of Richmond, Virginia.

A passionate concert and recital performer, Mr. Ferguson has appeared with The American Symphony Orchestra, BBC Orchestra (London), Boston Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (England), Handel and Haydn Society, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Musica Sacra New York, National Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (in a fully staged production of Handel’s Messiah), and Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Netherlands); as well as the local symphony orchestras of Bellingham, New Haven, Norwalk, Omaha, Quad Cities, Richmond, Santa Barbara, Waterbury, Wheeling, and Winston-Salem.  Ferguson appears as Brian on the recording and DVD of Not The Messiah, a comic oratorio based on the Monty Python film Life of Brian, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  His repertoire ranges from that of the baroque masters to the difficult cycles of Schubert, Schumann, Janáček, and Rorem—showcasing him across the United States in chamber programs and recitals for the 92nd Street Y, Bard Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Young Concert Artists, Delaware Master Chamber Series, and Clarksville Community Concerts among others.  Ferguson has performed extensively with The Marilyn Horne Foundation, Five Borough Music Festival, as well as The New York Festival of Song.

Mr. Ferguson has been the recipient of several awards and honors including First Place in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, The Elihu Hyndman Career Grant from Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Judges’ Award in the Opera Index Competition, a Bagby Foundation Career Grant, and The Alan Weiler Award for Excellence presented by Opera Orchestra of New York.  In 2003 he was awarded the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award granting him a New York recital debut in Alice Tully Hall.

Upcoming engagements include the Electrician in Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face with New York City Opera, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Opera Memphis, Don Ottavio with Nevada Opera, George in Ned Rorem’s Our Town at Central City Opera, and a concert with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Pianist BRIAN ZEGER has built an important career not only as a pianist, appearing in distinguished concert venues throughout the United States and Europe, but also as an ensemble performer par excellence, radio broadcaster, artistic administrator and educator.

In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Zeger has enjoyed collaborations with many of the world’s top artists including including Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, René Pape, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel and Joyce DiDonato.  Recent and upcoming engagements include recitals with Deborah Voigt, René Pape, Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Adrianne Pieczonka and Piotr Beczala.

Mr. Zeger also enjoys an active career as a chamber musician.  From 1993-2000 he was artistic director of the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, headquartered on Cape Cod and now in its 33rd season, where his performances included collaborations with the Borromeo and Brentano Quartets as well as with Bernard Greenhouse, Glenn Dicterow, Eugene Drucker and Paula Robison. He has been a regular guest at many other summer festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Aldeburgh, and Santa Fe, and has collaborated regularly with An die Musik and the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensembles.  He has also made concerto appearances with the Boston Pops.

In addition to his distinguished concert career, he also serves as Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Department at The Juilliard School and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, and recently completed a ten-year tenure as the director of the vocal program at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.   He has been on the faculties of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Chautauqua Institute, the Mannes College of Music and the Peabody Conservatory and has given master classes for numerous institutions, including The Guildhall School of Music in London, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

Some of his critical essays and other writings have appeared in Opera News, The Yale Review and Chamber Music magazine. He has appeared frequently on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts both on the opera quiz and as intermission host and performer. He has the distinction of creating, narrating and performing in five intermission features devoted to art song, a first in the long history of the Met broadcasts.  He has adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Concert Artists Guild auditions and the Walter W. Naumberg Vocal Competition. His recordings may be heard on the EMI Classics, New World, Naxos and Koch record labels, his most recent recording being Portraits and Elegies with violinist Frank Almond.

Born in upstate New York, Mr. Zeger is now a resident of Manhattan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Harvard College, a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.  His important teachers have included Morris Borenstein, Sascha Gorodnitzki and Nina Svetlanova.

For more information about Mr. Zeger’s activities, please visit his website, www.brianzeger.com.

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August 27, 2012:

So, everyone, thanks for “liking” the Schubert & Co. page on Facebook and visiting our website – http://www.schubertandco.org! NOW, the most important thing is that we have the funds to make this happen. Everyone involved in this, including the 53 participating singers – among them young stars of the Metropolitan Opera and internationally-acclaimed recitalists – is doing it for NO fee whatsoever, and we are honored and thrilled that this is the case. HOWEVER, we DO want to make sure that these wonderful singers don’t have to SPEND anything out of their own financial resources for this to happen, so we’re raising a small amount of money ($1500 – if each of you give $1 or $2 we’ll have it all raised!) to go towards train tickets, air fares, music printing costs, etc. PLEASE just give a dollar or two, if you can – it all goes a long way! Come on – we’re counting on you, and we have just 25 days to make this happen before the festival opens! So… ready, set, GO!

To donate, please click here.

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Our sponsors

THANK YOU to the following people who have supported us financially to get this project off the ground!

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Ashvin (surname unknown)

Jesse Blumberg

John Brancy

Tammy Coil

Dimitri Dover

Enteraudio

Sharyl Estabrooks

Miles Fellenberg

Doug Ferris

Zach Finkelstein

Margo Garrett

Edwin Glazier

Chris & Leanne Glen

Meaghan Glen

Joseph Goldfarb

Luis Gonzalez

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Mallory Grigg

Nicholas Heale

Annette Hofmann

Michael Hofmann

Daniel James

Cassondra Joseph

Meche Kroop

Arthur Leonard

Shannon Mangiameli

Wes Mason

Timothy Novembre

Naomi O’Connell

Jamie Ott

Mary Parks

Nicholas Phan

Laura Brooks Rice

John Richards

Rosemary Ritter

Renate Rohlfing

Debra Shapter

Joshua Smith

Paul Sperry

Brian Thornton

S. Watson

Darren K. Woods

Naama Zahavi-Ely

Brian Zeger

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All performances will take place at the Central Presbyterian Church of New York City, located  on the corner of 64th Street and Park Avenue at 593 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065.

SUBWAY: F (Lexington Ave/63rd St.), N, Q, R (Lexington Ave/59th St.), 4, 5, 6 (59th St.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the artists

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS:

Lachlan Glen – artistic director/pianist

Described by the New York Concert Review as a “bold, young pianist with promise,” 23-year-old Australian artist LACHLAN GLEN was born in Sydney, Australia and has garnered awards for both piano performance and composition in competitions around the world, including the 6th Prize and Audience Choice Award at the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition 2009 (Australia). He has participated in music festivals and performed as soloist with various orchestras in Australia, Europe and the U.S.A., including numerous engagements at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Steinway Hall, NYC. In his budding career as an accompanist, rehearsal pianist and vocal coach, he has worked with Lorin Maazel, Richard Bonynge, Rufus Wainwright and Roger Bart (The Producers, Hercules) and has served as pianist and coach on the faculties of the Castleton Festival (VA), the Chautauqua Institution (NY) and the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (Neumarkt, Germany). Mr. Glen has been generously assisted by awards given by the American Australian Association (Dame Joan Sutherland Fund), the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Harrington Park Foundation and the Golden Key International Honour Society, and was the recipient of the James Dickson Carr Memorial Scholarship, Edna Mason Scholarship, Presser Foundation Award and Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Award at Rutgers University. He is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. A current Master of Music (Collaborative Piano) degree candidate at The Juilliard School (’13) as a student of Brian Zeger, Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Diane Richardson and J.J. Penna, he is the recipient of the William Petschek Piano Scholarship and the Jerome L. Greene fellowship and is pursuing a multi-faceted career as a solo pianist, accompanist, chamber musician, vocal coach and conductor.

Jonathan Ware – artistic director/pianist

In high demand as a chamber musician and Lied accompanist, pianist JONATHAN WARE has recently appeared in venues including Alice Tully Hall, The Ravinia Festival, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Wigmore Hall. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Jonathan received the Grand Prize at the 2005 Kingsville International Young Performer’s Competition and was a medalist at both the 2002 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and the 2002 New York International Piano Competition, and most recently, received the Pianists Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Passionate about the song repertory, he has been on the accompanying staff of the Steans Institute at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival for the past three years, and joined the coaching staff of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany in July-August 2012.

Jonathan’s performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WRR (Dallas), Bavarian Radio, as well as on U.S. public television in the documentary Speaking with Music. As a soloist, recitals have taken Jonathan to Dallas, New York, Washington D.C., Miami and Hammamatsu, Japan. Jonathan’s concerto performances with the Mississippi Symphony and Dallas Symphony have been acclaimed by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, praising Jonathan as an artist who “…played with an ease and spontaneity that belied his years.” Recent engagements include a recital with Michael Kelly at Merkin Hall in New York, performances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall with singers participating in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues program, Die Schöne Müllerin
with Benjamin Appl at the Französischer Dom in Berlin and Wolf’s Italienesches Liederbuch with Benjamin Appl and Hanna Herfurtner at the 2012 Rheingau Musik Festival.

SINGERS:

Julian Arsenault – baritone

More information coming soon!

Jim Barbato – tenor

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Fleur Barron – mezzo-soprano

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Rachel Bate – soprano

More information coming soon!

Lacey-Jo Benter

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Kyle Bielfield – tenor

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Benjamin Bloomfield – baritone

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Jesse Blumberg – baritone

Baritone JESSE BLUMBERG’s recent engagements include Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s Mass at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and performances with the New York Festival of Song.  He has performed roles at Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, and made concert appearances with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Charlotte Symphony, Apollo’s Fire, and the Vail Valley Music FestivalJesse has toured with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Waverly Consort, and has performed recitals for the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Mirror Visions Ensemble. This season he debuts with the Oratorio Society of New York, Pacific Musicworks, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Fargo-Moorhead Opera.  In addition he will return to American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, TENET/Green Mountain Project, and Boston Early Music Festival.  Jesse is also the founder and artistic director of Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City.   http://www.jesseblumberg.com

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Andrew Bogard – bass-baritone

Bass-baritone ANDREW BOGARD hails from central Ohio and is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where he is a student of Marlena Malas. At Curtis he was heard as Mephistopheles in Gounod’s “Faust”, Dr. Reischmann in Henze’s “Elegy for Young Lovers”, and Capellio in “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”. In 2011 Andrew received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School where he was heard as Peter Quince in Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Cousin Brandon in Hindemith’s “Long Christmas Dinner”. In summers at the Chautauqua Music Festival, Andrew sang Dulcamara in Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”, Simone in “Gianni Schicchi”, Reverend Hale in “The Crucible”, Colline in “La Boheme” and Bartolo in “Le Nozze di Figaro“. Upcoming performances at Curtis include Sarastro in “The Magic Flute”, Spencer Coyle in Britten’s “Owen Wingrave, and Argante in Handel’s “Rinaldo”. From 2005-2007 Andrew attended the Interlochen Arts Academy where he graduated with distinction. In addition to voice, Andrew has studied cello, double bass, clarinet, and classical guitar.

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John Brancy – baritone

More information coming soon!

Julia Bullock – soprano

By organizing benefit concerts and recitals, and having lived in a housing community that promotes social and environmental awareness, St. Louis-born soprano JULIA BULLOCK has begun to build a career in classical music by integrating her professional training with her community activism. Julia has sung in some of the premiere concert halls and festivals across North America, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully, The Ojai Music Festival, and SongFest. This past season she toured mainland China with the Bard Music Festival and Conservatory; and toured Latin America singing Pamina in Peter Brook’s Molière Award winning Une flûte enchantée. Along with performing operatic repertoire, Julia’s diverse interests are reflected in her involvement with Baroque ensembles such as Juilliard415, the Clarion Society, and various US/World premieres. This season Julia makes debut performances with New York Festival of Song, The Helicon Foundation, and The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Julia currently attends The Juilliard School. Visit her online at juliabullocksoprano.com

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Brandon Cedel – bass-baritone

Bass-Baritone BRANDON CEDEL has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Santa Barbara, Music Academy of the West, Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Chautauqua Institution. He has also worked with symphonies including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, Hershey Symphony and the Marina Del Rey Symphony. His repertoire includes Figaro in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s FAUST, the Forester in Janacek’s THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Antony in Barber’s ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, and Colline in Puccini’s LA BOHEME.

Brandon was the 2012 winner at the George London Awards and Recipient of the Sarah Tucker Grant at the Richard Tucker Foundation. He was also the First Place Winner at the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, Palm Beach Opera Competition, S. Livingston Mather Competition, and Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition. He was the 2011 Grand Prize Winner at the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition. He has also received awards from the Liederkranz Competition, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Loren L. Zachary Competition, Opera Index, and the Mario Lanza Competition.

Brandon received his undergraduate degree and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. He was also a student at the Music Academy of the West, The Chautauqua Institution, and the Juilliard Pre-College. An avid recitalist, he has been seen in recital and concert with Chicago’s Music in the Loft, the William Walton Estate in Ischia, Tri Counties Association, Longwood Gardens, the Richard Tucker Foundation, the Cleveland Men’s Chorus, the Haverford Singers, and the Over the Rainbow Foundation. He has collaborated with pianists such as Mikael Eliasen, Dalton Baldwin, Warren Jones, Carrie-Ann Matheson and John Churchwell.

Future engagements include The New York Choral Society, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Glyndebourne Festival.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Jeong-Cheol Cha – bass-baritone

Cha, Jeong-Cheol

Tammy Coil – mezzo-soprano

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Katharine Dain – soprano

Soprano KATHARINE DAIN has been praised by the New York Times for her “rich tone,” “deep emotion,” and “lovely, passionate” performances. Her opera credits include Fiordiligi, Donna Elvira, Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), the heroines of Cavalli’s La Calisto (title role) and Giasone (Hypsipyle), and numerous premieres of contemporary operas, including Zina (cover) in Nico Muhly’s acclaimed Dark Sisters with Gotham Chamber Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She has performed with the Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Omnia, Alexandria Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Bard Festival, Ravinia Festival (where she was a 2009 Steans Fellow), Amherst and Brighton Early Music Festivals, Collegiate Chorale, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York City Ballet, and the New York Festival of Song in venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She holds degrees from Harvard University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mannes College of Music. For more information, please visit www.katharinedain.com.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Charlotte Dobbs – soprano

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Simone Easthope – soprano

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Jonathan Estabrooks – baritone

Hailed by the New York Times as ‘a robust baritone’, and winner of the prestigious 35th Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition, Canadian baritone JONATHAN ESTABROOKS has been called “commanding, rich, and energetic”, even likened to that of a young Ron Howard. Last season saw debuts at Carnegie Hall-Stern Auditorium with the Oratorio Society and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a program of Rodgers and Hammerstein with conductor Steven Reineke.

A graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Mr. Estabrooks has appeared in recital, concert and opera in Canada, the United States and abroad. He joined ‘The Song Continues 2012′ masterclass series with Marilyn Horne and made his Opera Lyra Ottawa debut as Silvio in I Pagliacci to rave reviews. He appeared with The Canadian Chamber Orchestra of NY and the Greenwich Choral Society and was heard in recital at the Society of the Americas in New York City, in Virginia, Tennessee and Miami Beach. He has joined Steve Blier the New York Festival of Song for multiple Gala performances and as Belcore on a 20-city tour with the Jeunesses Musicale du Canada, performing to critical acclaim in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces.

Other highlights include his debut with National Arts Center Orchestra under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman, and featured in performances with The Kennett SymphonyCaramoor and New York City Center. His performances have also been broadcast throughout Canada on CBC Television. He has also performances for the Governor General, The Prime Minister and US Ambassador to Canada and President Bill Clinton.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Ying Fang – soprano

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Mary Feminear – soprano

MARY FEMINEAR, soprano, is a first year student in the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School.  In August of 2012 she performed as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Chautauqua Music Festival.  Other opera credits include Abigail in The Crucible, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.  She received an M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a B.M. from The Juilliard School.  She is a student of Marlena Malas.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Liza Forrester – mezzo-soprano

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William Ferguson – tenor

Acclaimed for his versatility in both opera and concert, William Ferguson made his debut with the Santa Fe Opera in 2006 as Caliban in the North American premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest, and in 2005, bowed in Sydney with Opera Australia singing Truffaldino in a new production of The Love for Three Oranges subsequently released on compact disc under the Chandos label.  The same year, Ferguson joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera where he has performed Beppe in I Pagliacci as well as roles in Le Nozze di Figaro and The Magic Flute (under the baton of James Levine)A regular artist at The New York City Opera, his performances have included the title role in Candide, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, the Funeral Director in A Quiet Place, and twice as Hérisson de Porc-Épic in L’Étoile–among many others.  Additional credits include Andres in Wozzeck with Opera Festival of New Jersey, Ferrando in Così fan tutte at The Aspen Music Festival, Carl Linden in Bitter Sweet with Bard SummerScape, Pang in Turandot with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with both Virginia Opera and Opera Omaha, the Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with Gotham Chamber Opera, the title role in Albert Herring directed by Lotfi Mansouri at The Music Academy of the West, Gonzalve in L’Heure Espagnole and Fenton in Falstaff at the Tanglewood Music Center (both with Seiji Ozawa), and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw at the Chautauqua Institution.  Ferguson has also performed with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall on several occasions, including as Nick in La Fanciulla del West and as Laërte in Mignon.  A compelling interpreter of new music, Mr. Ferguson sang Bentley Drummle in Dominick Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and performed in the world premiere productions of Anthony Davis’ Wakonda’s Dream with Opera Omaha, Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry with Peak Performances at Montclair, and operas by Lee Hoiby and Harold Farberman.  He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degree from The Juilliard School and is a native of Richmond, Virginia.

A passionate concert and recital performer, Mr. Ferguson has appeared with The American Symphony Orchestra, BBC Orchestra (London), Boston Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (England), Handel and Haydn Society, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Musica Sacra New York, National Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (in a fully staged production of Handel’s Messiah), and Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Netherlands); as well as the local symphony orchestras of Bellingham, New Haven, Norwalk, Omaha, Quad Cities, Richmond, Santa Barbara, Waterbury, Wheeling, and Winston-Salem.  Ferguson appears as Brian on the recording and DVD of Not The Messiah, a comic oratorio based on the Monty Python film Life of Brian, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  His repertoire ranges from that of the baroque masters to the difficult cycles of Schubert, Schumann, Janáček, and Rorem—showcasing him across the United States in chamber programs and recitals for the 92nd Street Y, Bard Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Young Concert Artists, Delaware Master Chamber Series, and Clarksville Community Concerts among others.  Ferguson has performed extensively with The Marilyn Horne Foundation, Five Borough Music Festival, as well as The New York Festival of Song.

Mr. Ferguson has been the recipient of several awards and honors including First Place in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, The Elihu Hyndman Career Grant from Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Judges’ Award in the Opera Index Competition, a Bagby Foundation Career Grant, and The Alan Weiler Award for Excellence presented by Opera Orchestra of New York.  In 2003 he was awarded the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award granting him a New York recital debut in Alice Tully Hall.

Upcoming engagements include the Electrician in Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face with New York City Opera, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Opera Memphis, Don Ottavio with Nevada Opera, George in Ned Rorem’s Our Town at Central City Opera, and a concert with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Schubert & Co. performance dates: Saturday, September 22 2012, 8pm: Die Schöne Müllerin (with Brian Zeger, piano)

Wallis Giunta – mezzo-soprano

Hailed by critics as “vocally outstanding” (Opera News), Canadian mezzo soprano WALLIS GIUNTA is enjoying a diverse and vibrant career. For the 2012-2013 season, she will make her Metropolitan Opera main stage debut as the Countess of Ceprano in Rigoletto (Verdi), perform the role of Annio in the Canadian Opera Company’s La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) and Dorabella in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist production of Cosi fan tutte (Mozart).  She also makes debuts with the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall in recital, and Concierto Madrid.
Over the summer, she was busy performing internationally beginning with the acclaimed Music & Beyond Festival in Ottawa (Canada), the Dresden Semperoper, the Nurnberger Symphoniker, the Munich Radio Orchestra as well as with Helmuth Rilling and the Stuttgart Festivalorchester in Bach’s B-minor Mass.
Last season, Ms Giunta made debuts with Fort Worth Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Met + Juilliard Opera, and at Alice Tully Hall.  She recorded her second Canadian Broadcast Corporation recital for In Concert, and celebrated her New Discoveries Auditions top prize win with the Ottawa Choral Society in a world-premiere performance to great praise. She has been awarded a 2012 Sylva Gelber Foundation Career Development Grant, and has won awards from both the George London Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is also a grant recipient of the Canada Council for the arts.
Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Raquel Gonzalez – soprano

Soprano RAQUEL GONZALEZ, from Lawrence, Kansas, is currently pursuing her Masters degree at The Juilliard School. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at at Juilliard as a student of Marlena Malas. At Juilliard, Ms. Gonzalez has been seen as Arminda (La Finta Giardiniera) Dido (Dido and Aeneas), and Mélisse in the Met + Juilliard production of Gluck’s Armide. She has spent several summers at The Chautauqua Institution where she performed the roles of Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Une Pastourelle (L’enfant et les sortilèges). She has also appeared in concert with William Christie and Juilliard415 at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. Upon completing her undergraduate degree at Juilliard, Ms. Gonzalez was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Devon Guthrie – soprano

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Lilla Heinrich Szász – soprano

23 year old Hungarian-American soprano LILLA HEINRICH SZASZ has won critical acclaim for her “appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit” (The New York Times) and has performed to great acclaim in both operatic and concert repertoire accross the U.S and Europe. She is currently a masters student at Juilliard, where she received her BM.
Operatic highlights include Lucinde (MET + Juilliard collaboration of Gluck’s “Armide”), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Helena (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Laetitia (Old Maid and the Thief), Geraldine (Hand of Bridge) and has fully covered the roles of Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Zhou (“Kommilitonen!”-U.S. premier) and Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea).
She has also worked with renowned artists Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, William Christie, Ken Noda, Graham Johnson, Warren Jones and performed for two consecutive seasons in Marilyn Horne’s Foundation Festival “The Song Continues” at Carnegie Hall.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Evan Hughes – bass-baritone

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Pureum Jo – soprano

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Michael Kelly – baritone

Winner of the Joy in Singing Competition and recipient of the Debut Artist Recital at NY’s Merkin Hall, baritone MICHAEL KELLY is a busy recital and concert singer having performed all over the United States and Europe.  This season, Michael will make major symphony debuts with the Kansas City Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra, and is featured on a soon to be released recording with the Fireworks Ensemble of David del Tredici’s A Field Manual on the E1 label.  He was recently heard in Charpentier’s Orphée with BEMF, with Mark Morris Dance Group in Four Saints in Three Acts at BAM and Socrateat the Mostly Mozart Festival, as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and in recitals at New York’s Trinity Church and with SongFusion, a recital series of which he is co-founder.  He has performed with the Zurich Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Gotham Chamber Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has performed under the batons of William Christie, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Jane Glover, Benton Hess, James Levine, Anne Manson, Nicholas McGegan, Steven Osgood, Stephen Stubbs, and Kent Tritle.  www.michaelkellysings.com

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Sungji Kim – soprano

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Spencer Lang – tenor

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Abigail Levis – mezzo-soprano

Named “Debut Artist of the Year” by the Joy in Singing Foundation, lyric mezzo-soprano ABIGAIL LEVIS is emerging as one of the most exciting young singers of today. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised her for her “dramatic style” and “high level of technical ability” in her performance in Israel in Egypt with the Handel and Haydn Society in Symphony Hall. She is currently a member of the Vocal Arts program at the Bard College Conservatory where she studies with Edith Bers and Dawn Upshaw.

She began her formal studies at the age of 15 in Kennebunk, Maine and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. As a Young Artist she has performed with The Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera New Jersey, The Austrian American Mozart Academy, and Songfest.

As a professional singer, Ms. Levis has appeared as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, Ars Lyrica Houston, and the New York Opera Exchange in addition to the Handel and Haydn Society. She is also the winner of several competitions, including the 2012 Joy in Singing Competition, the 2010 University of Houston Concerto Competition, the 2010 National Orpheus Vocal Competition, the 2011 Five Towns Music Competition in Long Island, and the 2011 Young Texas Artist competition.

Ms. Levis enjoys singing in a variety of musical styles from Baroque to contemporary music, from opera to musical theater. Passionate about new music, Ms. Levis has worked closely with composers such as John Harbison, John Musto, Elena Langer, and Brian Suits. Favorite roles in opera or musical theater have included ingénues (Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Nancy inAlbert Herring), a maid and an aging actress who are anything but ingénues (Petra in A Little Night Music and Métella in La vie Parisienne), two lovelorn young men (Romeo in I Capuleti ei Montecchi and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro), a chatterbox who interrupts her constant prattling only to sip hot chocolate (La Conversation in Charpentier’s Les plaisirs de Versailles), and, in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, a charismatic and handsome young male fox.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Alexander Lewis – tenor

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Talya Lieberman – soprano

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Will Livermann – baritone

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Jazimina MacNeil – mezzo-soprano

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Samantha Malk – mezzo-soprano

South African soprano SAMANTHA MALK is committed to the love of her craft and the versatile nature that is demanded of singers.  She recently returned from a teaching engagement at Tel Aviv Opera as well as a recital series performed around Israel.  In April 2012, she was one of the finalists for the Joy in Singing Competition in New York City.  In January of that year, Samantha returned from a three month long concert tour around China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with her piano and viola trio.  At the end of 2010, she was thrilled to make her Weill Hall debut recital at Carnegie Hall.  During the summer, she finished her engagement as a young artist for the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Music Festival in Chicago.  In July 2010, the International Contemporary Ensemble invited Samantha as the guest soprano in a live broadcast on WQXR Classical Radio New York as well as a two-day music festival celebrating the music of Edgar Varèse at Alice Tully Hall.  Earlier that year, during an alumni residency, Samantha sang a recital of Debussy and Schumann lieder at the Britten Pears Music Festival.  In addition, as participant in the 2009 and 2007 Britten-Pears Music Festival, she performed in a series of master classes with Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles and Susan Youens. In 2009, Samantha sang the role of Susanna in a production of Le nozze di Figaro in Brugge, Belgium under the baton of David Miller.  Other operatic roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Nannetta in Falstaff, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Annina in La Traviata.  In 2008, Samantha was the soprano soloist in the Brahms German Requiem with the orchestra of Lyrique-en-mer in Belle Ile, France under the direction of Philip Walsh.  She was also a young artist at the 2008 Académie Musicale de Villecroze in France working with Dalton Baldwin.  After immigrating to the United States, Samantha came to study music, earning her Bachelor of Music at Indiana University and her Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music.  She currently lives and works in New York City.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Kate Mangiameli – soprano

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Kelly Markgraf – baritone

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Nathalie Mittelbach – mezzo-soprano

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Nils Neubert – tenor

Tenor NILS NEUBERT holds degrees from The Juilliard School (B.M.) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A.), and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has also studied at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg, the Festival de Musica Clasica de Puigcerda in Spain, and at Caramoor. Nils performs regularly in opera, concert, and recital, both in the U.S. and abroad. He won first prize in the 2010 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, and was also a winner in the 2009 Friday Woodmere Vocal Competition, a grant recipient in the 2010 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, and a finalist in the Liederkranz Competition (2010) and the Oratorio Society of New York’s Lyndon Woodside Competition (2011.)

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, he lives in New York City together with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim. For additional information, please visit www.nilsneubert.com.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Naomi O’Connell – mezzo-soprano

Hailed by The New York Times as “a radiant mezzo-soprano,” Irish singer NAOMI O’CONNELL is the First Prize winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and she also garnered First Prize at the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition, which took place just two weeks after CAG’s 60th Annual International competition in October. She began 2012 starring on the West End of London in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play “Master Class,” in the role of an aspiring young opera singer opposite Tyne Daly, who portrays the legendary Maria Callas. The Times called her performance “…spectacular,” and The Independent lauded her “…thrilling rendering of an aria by Verdi’s Lady Macbeth.”

In the past year, Ms. O’Connell performed with the New York Festival of Song in their “Roadtrip” concert at Alice Tully Hall, where critics hailed her performance as “evocative, appealing and expressive.” In January, she performed for the Juilliard FOCUS! Festival, which was podcast worldwide by WQXR’s Q2 channel.  Ms. O’Connell made her Lincoln Center debut in March 2011 in the Juilliard Honors Recital at Alice Tully Hall with pianist Brent Funderburk. She spent the summer 2011 at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and the Steans Musical Institute at Ravinia, where she performed chamber music, including Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses, Strauss’ Op. 27 songs, Rossini’s La Regata Veneziana, and Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles. Recent opera engagements include her professional operatic debut singing the title role in La Périchole with Garsington Opera in the UK in June.
Brought up in County Clare, Ireland, Ms. O’Connell holds a Masters in Music from The Juilliard School and is currently pursuing the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program with voice teacher Dr. Robert White. The Irish Arts Council generously supports her studies and she has been awarded the Maurice R. Boyd Scholarship for Vocal Studies and the Makiko Narumi Prize for outstanding mezzo-soprano by The Juilliard School.

Upcoming engagements include the role of Despina in the MET/Juilliard production of Così fan tutte this fall and her Carnegie debut recital “Witches & Bitches” at Weill Hall in March 2013.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Takaoki Onishi – baritone

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Jarrett Ott – baritone

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Edward Parks – baritone

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Elena Perroni – soprano

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Sarah Shafer – soprano

Soprano SARAH SHAFER currently studies in the opera program at the Curtis Institute of Music. Sarah recently made her professional operatic debut in the role of Barbarina and the cover role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival, and will sing Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore with Opera Memphis and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with the Opera Company of Philadelphia this spring. She will also appear in recital with pianist Richard Goode, and guitarist Jason Vieaux. Her credits for the Curtis Opera Theatre include over fifteen productions, notably I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Giulietta), Idomeneo (Ilia), Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers (Elizabeth), and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina). Sarah was recently heard as “Sophie” in the Suite from Der Rosenkavalier with the Quad City Symphony (IA), and as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Curtis on Tour in China and South Korea. Sarah spent two summers singing at the Marlboro Music Festival, working with Richard Goode, Benita Valente, and Martin Isepp.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Tyler Simpson – bass

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Lauren Snouffer – soprano

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Christopher Tiesi – tenor

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Karen Vuong – soprano

American soprano KAREN VUONG studied at UCLA, where she performed roles such as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Despina in Così fan tutte.  She participated in the Domingo-Thornton LA Opera Young Artist program for two years.   She was also a vocal fellow at the 2010 Music Academy of the West.

Vuong’s 2006/07 debut season at LA Opera included the Voice of Shepherd Boy in Tannhäuser, and Pousette (cover) in Manon. 2007/08 included a student performance as Mimi in La bohème conducted by Plácido Domingo, First Playmate in The Dwarf, and Yvette in La Rondine. Vuong has been acknowledged in competitions including the 2006 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition (Culturarte Award), 2008 Long Beach Mozart Compeitition (2nd), 2009 Loren L. Zachary Competition (4th), and the 2010 Marilyn Horne Art Song Competition (Encouragement Award).  Recent engagements include Sophie in Werther at Kentucky Opera, soprano 2 soloist Mahler 8 in Hong Kong, Trang/Nurse in the world premiere opera Amelia at Seattle Opera, and singing on the soundtrack of the cartoon Adventure Time on Cartoon Network.

Schubert & Co. performance dates:

Katherine Whyte – soprano

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Rachael Wilson – mezzo-soprano

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Brian Zeger – pianist

Pianist Brian Zeger has built an important career not only as a pianist, appearing in distinguished concert venues throughout the United States and Europe, but also as an ensemble performer par excellence, radio broadcaster, artistic administrator and educator.

In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Zeger has enjoyed collaborations with many of the world’s top artists including including Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, René Pape, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel and Joyce DiDonato.  Recent and upcoming engagements include recitals with Deborah Voigt, René Pape, Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Adrianne Pieczonka and Piotr Beczala.

Mr. Zeger also enjoys an active career as a chamber musician.  From 1993-2000 he was artistic director of the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, headquartered on Cape Cod and now in its 33rd season, where his performances included collaborations with the Borromeo and Brentano Quartets as well as with Bernard Greenhouse, Glenn Dicterow, Eugene Drucker and Paula Robison. He has been a regular guest at many other summer festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Aldeburgh, and Santa Fe, and has collaborated regularly with An die Musik and the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensembles.  He has also made concerto appearances with the Boston Pops.

In addition to his distinguished concert career, he also serves as Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Department at The Juilliard School and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, and recently completed a ten-year tenure as the director of the vocal program at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.   He has been on the faculties of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Chautauqua Institute, the Mannes College of Music and the Peabody Conservatory and has given master classes for numerous institutions, including The Guildhall School of Music in London, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

Some of his critical essays and other writings have appeared in Opera News, The Yale Review and Chamber Music magazine. He has appeared frequently on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts both on the opera quiz and as intermission host and performer. He has the distinction of creating, narrating and performing in five intermission features devoted to art song, a first in the long history of the Met broadcasts.  He has adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Concert Artists Guild auditions and the Walter W. Naumberg Vocal Competition. His recordings may be heard on the EMI Classics, New World, Naxos and Koch record labels, his most recent recording being Portraits and Elegies with violinist Frank Almond.

Born in upstate New York, Mr. Zeger is now a resident of Manhattan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Harvard College, a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.  His important teachers have included Morris Borenstein, Sascha Gorodnitzki and Nina Svetlanova.

For more information about Mr. Zeger’s activities, please visit his website, www.brianzeger.com.

Schubert & Co. performance dates: Saturday, September 22 2012, 8pm: Die Schöne Müllerin (with William Ferguson, tenor)

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About Schubert & Co.

“I am so excited to hear about the Schubert & Co. project. It is wonderful to hear more than the 100 songs that we regularly hear. There are so many hidden gems, particularly from his earlier years. Schubert for me is the song Shakespeare and seems, like Shakespeare, to understand everything there is to know about what it is to be human. We can all be excited, cheered and consoled by his genius. Bravo, guys, for embarking on this remarkable project!”

- Malcolm Martineau (www.martineau.info)

Schubert & Co. is a unique project in its ambitions – to present the complete songs of Schubert in a single season – and its origins. While it’s rare in the New York concert scene that collaborative pianists invent and inspire a concert series, Lachlan Glen and Jonathan Ware have the passion and artistic vision to bring together dozens of talented young singers to bring this huge treasure trove of songs to life. The eagerness with which singers have responded to the idea suggests that they are hungry to explore this vast repertoire. Presented simply and directly, the concerts will bring the songs to life in the environment they were created for: intimate, unpretentious and apart from the commercial trappings of the larger concert world.”

- Brian Zeger (www.brianzeger.com)

“Schubert is my Shakespeare: every age and stage of man, woman, child (and a few supernatural creatures as well) appear in 600-plus of the richest songs in the art song repertory, and “Schubert & Co.” will put them all beautifully on display.”

- Susan Youens, Ph.D. (Internationally renowned and sought-after scholar, author and educator; author of eight books: “Heine and the Lied”, “Schubert’s Late Lieder: Beyond the Song Cycles”, “Hugo Wolf and his Mörike Songs”, “Schubert, Müller, and Die schöne Müllerin”, “Schubert’s Poets and the Making of Lieder”, “Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin”, “Hugo Wolf: The Vocal Music” and “Retracing a Winter’s Journey: Franz Schubert’s Winterreise”)

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Meet Schubert & Co., a group of artists committed to furthering the art of song, presenting the complete solo Lieder of Franz Schubert in New York City in a series of recitals spanning from September 2012 to May 2013.

Schubert’s influence on the art song repertory can be likened to that of Shakespeare on the English language, and this presentation will be a truly monumental event, being the first NYC performance of all 603 of his completed solo songs.

This project is a labor of love for Artistic Directors Lachlan Glen and Jonathan Ware, who together with 51 brilliant singers and five outstanding guest pianists will explore Schubert’s contribution to this art form and bring these extraordinary works to New York’s musical stage.  This venture has been met with enthusiastic support from eminent musicians and scholars including Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Brian Zeger and Susan Youens.

We invite you to join us on this musical journey and encourage you to further explore this website to discover more about the participating artists, the songs themselves, our calendar of performances, the sponsors who have made this possible, and the venues in which these recitals will take place.

Thanks for visiting!

Love,

Lachlan and Jonathan

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